Tough school needs new principal
He was one of the original Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went on to a career in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, heading up the athletics departments in several high schools before taking the top job at McLane Middle School in 2009.
Now Franklin Oliver is retiring, and McLane needs a new principal.
McLane, which is celebrated for its robotics program, draws from some of Tampa's toughest neighborhoods. Students living south of Hillsborough Avenue and just east of Interstate-275 are bussed to Brandon to attend McLane, as most middle schools in east Tampa are magnets.
The school showed some low scores on an extensive teachers' survey this past spring, the first of its kind. Eight percent agreed with the statement, "Students at this school follow rules of conduct." Fewer than 30 percent felt parents are influential decision makers, or that teachers have an appropriate level of influence. Slightly more than half - 52 - found the school a good place to work and learn. The response rate was 61 percent.
Before Oliver became McLane's principal, he was assistant principal at King, Freedom, Blake and Chamberlain.